Lawton Community Blood Drive
The Chamber and Young Professionals along with the Oklahoma Blood Institute held the Lawton Community Blood Drive on July 14. The Bloodmobile was parked at the Chamber and donors received an OBI t-shirt, two tickets to the OKC Zoo, and a free appetizer at the White Buffalo for the day of the drive.
Since there is no substitute for human blood, and supplies must be constantly renewed, the need for donation is great. About three gallons of blood is required to support the entire nation’s blood need for just one minute.
Volunteer blood donors give more than a quarter-of-a-million units of blood annually with Oklahoma Blood Institute to provide a safe and adequate blood supply. Scheduled surgeries are NOT canceled in Oklahoma because of lack of blood thanks to volunteer donors, but it is a common problem in other parts of the nation.
Once tested and processed by Oklahoma Blood Institute’s medical professionals, blood and its components are transported to patients across our state. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, independent nonprofit blood center in the United States.